Nonprofit Resources

Since 1978, CFWNC has distributed more than $254 million in grants. Grantmaking is important, but there are many other ways we assist nonprofits.

WNC Nonprofit Pathways

Formed in 2006, WNC Nonprofit Pathways is a funders’ collaborative that works to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their missions. It also hosts the Duke Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management. Pathways is built upon the belief that strong organizations make strong communities. Since 2011, Pathways has helped to strengthen more than 550 Western North Carolina organizations through assessments, on-site trainings, in-depth consulting and workshops.

In addition to CFWNC, Pathways funders include the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Mission Hospital, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, The Duke Endowment, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

For detailed information, visit the Pathways website.

Sandy and Missy Schenck are building on a family tradition of outdoor education at the Green River Preserve summer camp. In 2002, Green River Preserve set up a fund at The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to support camper scholarships. “Our family has had a donor advised fund with The Community Foundation since 1995, and we have a good relationship. It was an easy decision to place the assets at CFWNC,” said Missy Schenck. Photo courtesy of the Schencks. Learn more.

Nonprofit Endowments and Funds

CFWNC helps more than 130 regional nonprofits by offering them expertise in administration and management of their investments. Working with the Foundation enables nonprofits to access institutional-caliber strategies in a cost-effective manner and complements their development efforts with our full range of offerings such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. Nonprofits gain access to layers of supervision, diversity of investments, benchmarks and standards that an independent portfolio might not command on its own.

Learn more about nonprofit funds.

Fundholders Ida and Ken Brown with SAHC's William Hamilton and Jay Leutze and Elizabeth Brazas on the Yancey County Farm that they worked with CFWNC and SAHC to protect and put into production to support regional farmers. Photo by Michael Oppenheim.

Philanthropic Advisors

Our role as philanthropic advisor is one with dual benefit to donors and nonprofits. Fundholders work in partnership with the Foundation to support effective organizations and have access to emerging programs and projects in the areas they care most about. Through these relationships, distributions from donor advised funds can supplement CFWNC's discretionary grantmaking. Because we have unique opportunities to leverage common interests and pool resources, these grants can have a meaningful impact.

Review a list of funding sources that have recently supported nonprofit organizations in WNC.

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